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10 Ways You're Ruining Your Skin

1. Not seeking professional advice.

No matter how proficient you are at caring for your skin, it's still a good idea to consult with a professional. In addition to giving you expert advice that results from extensive education and experience, a dermatologist can take x-rays of your skin and detect any potentially debilitating problems, thereby resolving them before they adversely affect your health.

2. Sleeping in your makeup.

Sleeping in cosmetics is a common and skin-damaging behavior to engage in. This is the case for several reasons, the first of which is that sleeping in your makeup prevents your skin from breathing. Second, sleeping in your makeup traps dirt and oil beneath the surface of your skin, thereby increasing the likelihood of a break out. So wash your face before hitting the sheets.

3. Popping pimples.

You know it's bad, but it's hard to leave those little devils alone. Popping pimples yourself can cause the infection to go deeper in your skin. Instead simply wash your face with a clean washcloth, and if it's ready to pop then this will be all that's needed to handle it. If it doesn't pop then leave it be.

4. Eating poorly.

The role that diet can play in facilitating healthy or unhealthy skin is undeniable. Most often, people who eat calorically dense and nutritionally-vacuous foods such as hamburgers and French fries are more prone to experiencing acne and dull-looking skin.

On the other hand, people who eat nutritionally dense foods such as fruits and vegetables are receiving the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients necessary to preclude acne from emerging. Additionally, the vitamin A in many fruits contributes to glowing, youthful-looking skin.

5. Using dirty makeup brushes.

You might think that your makeup brushes aren't very dirty, but makeup, dirt, and oil gets trap in between the bristles. Using dirty brushes just puts all of that back on your skin. Buy a brush cleanser, and wash them at least once a month.

6. Failing to exercise.

If you're serious about getting great skin, you should be exercising consistently. Exercising facilitates amazing skin in several ways. For example, it improves digestion and elimination. Additionally, exercising facilitates the production of sweat, which eliminates potentially damaging toxins that can make skin look lackluster.

7. Taking excessively hot showers.

Hot showers might feel amazing, but they're pretty harsh on your skin. Hot water strips your skin of essential oils and dries it out. Opt for warm showers instead and your skin won't need to produce an overabundance of oils to repair itself.

8. Using the wrong facial cleanser.

In order to get great skin, you need to cleanse your face consistently and thoroughly. Additionally, you need to make sure you select the right face wash for your skin type. In most cases, people either have dry skin, oily skin, or a combination. If you don't select a face wash designed to accommodate your skin type then the results will be less than satisfying.

9. Sleeping with your hair down.

Leaving your hair loose while you sleep is a contributing factor to your breakouts. The oil in your hair can be transferred to your face over night and lead to pimples. Put your hair in a ponytail, a braid, or wear a headband at night to keep your hair off of your face, and you'll experience fewer breakouts.

10. Exfoliating too much.

It might seem like a good idea to exfoliate every single day, but it's actually harmful to your skin. The skin on your face is sensitve, and exfoliating too much actually removes the protective layers your skin needs. Cut back to exfoliating 1-3 times a week, and you'll be much happier with the results.